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“If man were meant to fly…” goes the old saying, yet for most of us, flying is a safe way to travel. But the pressurized cabin can potentially affect passengers with existing or sometimes unknown medical conditions, says family medicine physician Jennifer Turkish, M.D., and can cause problems for passengers who have recently undergone surgery or have abdominal health problems, or blocked ears or sinuses.
In passengers suffering from heart or lung disease, or blood disorders such as anemia, lower cabin oxygen levels can lead to oxygen deprivation, or hypoxia.
Before you board, Dr. Turkish suggests checking with your physician if you are experiencing any of the following:
• Heart attack, heart failure, angina or stroke.
• Chronic bronchitis or emphysema, pneumothorax (a collapsed lung), pulmonary embolism or asthma epilepsy
• A recent head injury
• Stomach or bowel problems
• Cancer
• An infectious disease
• Ear or sinus pain
• Pregnancy
• Limb injuries, including fractures
• Psychiatric problems
• Any recent surgery
Dr. Turkish urges anyone flying to take simple precautions: “Good hand washing can keep germs at bay. Use hand wipes on food trays, seats and seat belts.”